Giving a handmade gift is one of my favorite things to do. Sure, it's easier to buy something but making something, especially something a friend has hinted at that they would like, remains at the top of my list of pleasures.
This year I was listening when Mim hinted that she doesn't have any mug rugs. I decided to make her a set of non matching mug rugs, one for each season.
The first was made using Kate Basti's #talltalesblock. Mim loves to read, so her spring mug rug is a book and birds theme.
Summer wouldn't be complete without a yummy ice cream cone. This paper pieced pattern was found on the Freeze Frame blog.
For fall...a maple leaf block seemed like the best way to capture fall colors.
For the winter mug rug I used Amy's #riseandshinecoffeepattern. This is such a fun and versatile pattern.
Two years ago I made Mim a Valentine's Day pillow. (You can read about it here) This year, knowing she has the pillow form already, I thought it might be fun to make her a reading pillow. This was really fun to make. I started with the cutting guideline from Don't Call Me Betsy's tutorial and then assembled it my own way. It was very fun to cut words from text fabric and use selvedges as book titles. This pillow finished at 20" square.
The last thing I made was a coin purse for each of my friends. This pattern is a standard in my rotation of things to make for friends. If you haven't tried making a coin purse hop over to Craftsy and grab this pattern. The lion is for Monika and the apples are for Mim.
I am looking forward to giving my friends their gifts but I am more excited about spending time with my friends. I will be working on making scrapbook pages using photos from our trip to Ireland, Thanksgiving, Christmas, baby Valko (my newest grandson) and New Year's weekend. I hope I can get all these topics covered. I scrapbook using the Project Life app and then add other digital media to the pages when the mood strikes me. I'll be sharing some of my favorite pages on Instagram as they are completed.